Saturday night (6-10-17), River City in Wheeling WV was treated to a night of metal, with Pittsburgh’s Defy the Tide, Cleveland’s Sunless Sky, and local act, Ironflame.
Defy the Tide kicked off the night, getting the crowd on their feet with Redemption, from their EP “In the Shadows I Shine”, then tracks from their latest release, “Soteria”. Never a dull moment with this band, if you get a chance to check them out, do it, you will not be disappointed. I recently reviewed their CD release show, please click here for more details about these talented folks.
Next was Sunless Sky. I had never seen them live before, so I was excited about their set. They took the stage with an enviable amount of energy, their sound being very reminiscent of old school metal bands like Judas Priest. They came to support Ironflame, but are currently on tour supporting their new CD, “Doppelganger”. One stand out song of the evening was “Heroin” which the crowd really liked. Lyrically and musically, this band fires on all cylinders. They played 10 songs in total, and left the crowd completely amped up for the headliner.
The highlight of the evening was Ironflame, a band consisting of one member, Andrew D’Cagna (Brimstone Coven). D’Cagna is an accomplished musician on multiple instruments, and also a producer with his own studio. The creation of his music was a creative outlet that he decided to share live, and doing so was easy with the long list of musicians he knows. With D’Cagna covering vocals, he hired Jim Dofka (Dofka) and Quinn Lukas (Icarus Witch) for guitars, James Babcock (Dofka) for bass, and Todd Guerrieri (This Tortured Soul) for drums.
I haven’t seen D’Cagna strictly on vocals in years, so this was a once in a blue moon kind of thing. They performed tracks from the CD “Lightning Strikes the Crown”, then did a cover of 2 Minutes to Midnight by Iron Maiden, which was nothing less than perfection. A standout original song for me was Marching On, which the crowd sang along to. This CD is definitely one for the collection, so grab one while they are still available, for the time being seems to have been a one time performance, and a one time CD pressing.
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